Robert (Bobby) Ryan is Vice President – Global Exploration for Chevron Upstream where he is responsible for Chevron’s worldwide exploration program. He has 35 years of experience in oil and gas exploration and production, beginning his career with Texaco in 1979 as a geologist in the Offshore Division in New Orleans. He held a variety of technical and management positions since then including Assistant Division Manager in the Offshore Division responsible for exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, Vice President - Indonesia Business Unit, Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Texaco and Texaco lead for the Upstream Integration Team for the Chevron and Texaco merger. At the merger’s close in 2001, he was named General Manager – International Exploration and held that role until he assumed his current position in 2003. Ryan is a member of Chevron’s Management Committee and the Upstream Leadership Team.
In 1990, through the President's Commission on Executive Exchange in The White House, Ryan was appointed to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., where he assisted with utility policy issues related to renewable energy and energy efficiency. He returned to Texaco in 1991.
Ryan is a member and former chairman of the Corporate Advisory Board of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, vice chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Energy & Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah and a member of the Board of Advisors at the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University. He is a former member of the School of Earth Sciences Advisory Board at Stanford University, and the Scientific Advisory Board of CASP affiliated with the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University, UK.
Ryan has BS and MS degrees in geology from Tulane University in New Orleans.